this thread is ****ing amazing. thank you to everyone who worked so hard on figuring out this hack. I picked up this player 2 weeks ago after walmart announced their refunds for the a2 machines, but only had my first time to mess around with it, yesterday. I applied the new driver, firmware and the region/pal hack (in that order) and it now plays everything I can throw at it. I tried my PAL Ichi the Killer disc and it recognized it right off the bat with no problems. this is a giant step forward for this player in my opinion and relieves what little concern I might have had for it being 2.0 upgradeable. I dont even care anymore now that it can play my PAL discs. Thanks again to everyone involved in this thread and the BH100 threads, you guys are champs!!